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[PVS] Call for Journal Papers on a special issue on software testautomation (deadline 9/1/2010)



A Focused Topic Issue on
“Software Test Automation, Practice, and Standardization”
The International Journal on Software Engineering and Knowledge Engineering (IJSEKE)

Paper submission due date: 
- September 1, 2010 
- Notification of acceptance: November 15, 2010
- Camera-ready copy: December 15, 2010 
- Expected publication: 2011

Today’s software systems suffer from poor reliability. Many lives and 
billions of dollars are lost annually due to software errors. According 
to the report by NIST in 2002, poor software quality costs 60 billion 
dollars yearly to US economy, and 22 billion dollars can be regained by 
improving infrastructure for detecting errors using testing closer to 
the development phase. With the quick increase of software in complexity 
and scale, test automation is becoming a very important and hot research 
field in software engineering and quality assurance. Now many 
researchers and practitioners have realized that software test 
automation will be a required systematic solution to meet with new 
software testing challenges and automation demands from the emerging 
software engineering technologies in SOA-based systems, model-
based/component-based software, and mobile computing and clouding 
computing service systems.

In the past decades, many research papers have been published to address 
software testing and automation issues and solutions. And now a number 
of test automation tools are available for engineer. However, there are 
still many open issues, obstacles, and challenges in software test 
automation, practice, and standardization. Moreover, there is an 
emerging need in software test automation standardization to reduce test 
automation costs and efforts and increase the standardization of test 
processes, test design, and test tools.

This focused topic issue for the International Journal of Software
Engineering and Knowledge Engineering (IJSEKE) is targeted at software
test automation issues, solutions, practice, and standardization to
address the above needs. It allows researchers and industry
practitioners to exchange innovative ideas, practical solutions, and
test automation tools to cope with practical issues and challenges in
the real world. In addition, research papers discussing test automation 
standardization, challenges and issues are welcomed. Furthermore, this 
journal issue provides a great channel for engineers and researchers to 
report their practical test automation experience and lessons, exchange 
well-defined test automation standards for enterprises and production 
lines.

The Focused Topics:

This focused topic issue seeks unpublished original papers, which
propose new test automation ideas, solutions and tools, report practical
experience in test automation projects, discuss new test automation 
process, standards, models, and test criteria. The typical scope 
includes different perspectives in test automation, including auto-test 
infrastructure, standards, models, test generation, test execution, test 
management, and test coverage analysis and measurement. In addition, it 
also seeks practice reports that present the current issues, challenges, 
experience and lessons on software test automation projects.

The topics for submissions include but are not limited to the followings:

(A) Automated test frameworks, solutions and tools: 

- Automated test frameworks and components Software test automation tools and solutions for unit testing (black-box/white-box) 
- Automatic techniques and tools for testing software production lines, such as installation testing, and configuration testing 
- Automatic software regression test techniques and tools 
- System load testing tools and performance evaluation tools for non-functional requirements and features Software simulation and tools for software auto-testing 
- Software security testing techniques and tools 
- User-oriented and requirements-based test automation approaches and tools 
- Program-based software test automation methods, tools, and experience Language-based software test automation techniques and tools 
- Software test automation cost analysis and complex evaluation tools 
- Innovative software test languages, scripting techniques, and tools 
- Automatic software test coverage analysis and monitoring tools

(B) Test automation standardization: 
- Test automation standardization issues, challenges, motivations, and needs 
- Test automation standards in test processes, test models, test languages, coverage criteria, and documentation 
- Test automation standards for test planning, design & analysis, test generation and scripting, test complexity and cost evaluation, and tools 
- Test automation techniques, experience, lessons and case studies 
- General and domain-specific standardization for test automation and tools

(C) Emerging test automation methods and tools: 

- Automatic validation techniques and technology for emerging software technologies 
- SOA-based software test automation methods, techniques, and tools 
- Testing methods and test automation solutions for cloud computing systems 
- Model-based software test automation methods, techniques, and tools
- Component-based software test automation methods and tools
- Web-based and agent-based software test automation methods and tools 
- Wireless-based software test automation approaches and tools 
- Innovative software test automation solutions for cloud computing.

(D) Test automation management and practice: 

- Issues, challenges, and needs in software test automation and practice
- Test-driven-development techniques and project experience 
- Software test automation case studies and empirical studies 
- Software test automation project issues, experience and lessons learned

Paper Submission:

Papers should be prepared following the guidelines posted at the 
IJSEKE web site(http://www.worldscinet.com/ijseke/mkt/guidelines.shtml).
Additionally, each paper is limited to 25 double-spaced pages in 11 pt 
font size. Send your papers in electronic format in PS or PDF to 
http://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=ijseke2010. For more 
information, please contact the guest authors.

Paper Review and Publication:

All submitted papers will be reviewed by the selected researchers and 
experts in the research field committee. Each paper will be reviewed at 
least by three reviewers based on the review process of The 
International Journal of Software Engineering and Knowledge Engineering. 
The accepted papers will be published in IJSEKE as a journal focused 
topic issue on Software Test Automation, Practice, and Standardization 
in 2011.

Guest Co-Editors:

Jerry Gao (jerrygao@email.sjsu.edu), San Jose State University, USA

Henry Muccini (henry. muccini@univaq.it), University of L'Aquila, Italy

Xiaoying Bai (baixy@tsinghua.edu.cn), Tsinghua University, Beijing, China